Have you ever wondered how long books will continue to thrive, with the amount of technological devices we now have? To many it’s a wonder that libraries even exist or that newspapers stay afloat in the new digital age. I for one am a book lover and have been since a child and hope to never see the dark day when we stop producing books as an information and entertainment source. Here are some of the reasons why I believe that printed material will never go out of style.
With all the new options for storing information digitally, like memory cards or online storage, you may wonder why we still choose to keep large amounts of information in books. The reason is that books can’t fail. Falling short of physically destroying a book, the information it contains will remain true and be available no matter what situation is at hand. With power outages, file corruption, and hackers the information you store digitally could be susceptible to theft and unforeseen complications that could keep you from your collection. Any business or law office can tell you that it’s good to have a physical copy of your information at hand. Even banks follow this method. While your money might be tracked digitally, banks are required by law to keep a physical amount on hand to back up their digital amounts.
On the internet, you never really know how trustworthy or authentic information really is. Try visiting any forum or answer site on a topic you’re particularly interested in and read a few pages. Most likely you’re going to find many people claiming to be experts and giving answers, but few of them will actually be giving the correct information. With printed books you can be sure that what your reading has been checked and edited one or more times, and contains trustworthy information you can stand behind. Think of whether you’d like to get your information from a trusted newspaper or from a random person you talk to on the street. When it comes to things you need to know it’s important to be able to trust the source of the information.
Too Much Information
When it comes down to the actual knowledge found and read in books, it’s just too much to be stored in one place, even the internet. When you factor in stories from other languages and historical texts that have yet to be translated, you’ll come to see that to move everything to a digital source would take more time than a person usually lives five times over to complete. When you need information on a specific topic it’s nice to be able to pick up a book and be able to get all the information you need from a single source.
For many families physically reading a book comes into play at a very early age. When you were a kid your parents probably read you a bedtime story from a book and that made you feel comfortable and safe. We continue this tradition in many ways, probably the most famous being the reading of The Night Before Christmas annually on Christmas Eve. Imaging letting a CD play a story to your kids at night or playing a digital copy from your tablet on Christmas Eve. This takes an otherwise fun activity to an impersonal level that isn’t enjoyed nearly as much.
One of my biggest draws to books is the smell. For me there is nothing better than cracking the spine of a new book and smelling the fresh ink and untouched pages. This makes reading a book special on its own by adding an extra sensory experience you wouldn’t normally get. Along with new books I also love the smell that books have when hundreds or thousands of used titles are collected in one place, like a library. Books have porous pages and over time they collect and hold smells from their surroundings making them an even more interesting experience. You won’t get a smell that reminds you of that great article you read years ago online like you would with reading a book.
For these reasons I believe that books will be around much longer than most people think. Remember, the internet and digital storage are still fairly recent in our history and before they were around books made a huge part of our physical history. Happy reading!